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Festival of Yesteryear: Revolution on the Cape Fear

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    The 2019 Festival of Yesteryear event features professional actor Stephen Seals of Colonial Williamsburg portraying James Armistead Lafayette, an enslaved African American who served the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War under the Marquis de Lafayette. Seals will be performing as James Lafayette on the main stage at 12:00 pm and assisting with the Lafayette Birthday Cake Cutting at 1:00 pm.

    Other aspects of the annual Festival include costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including music, toys and games, spinning, woodworking, and militia drills. The event also features musical and artistic performances, military firing demonstrations, and hands on activities for kids. For the third year we are pleased to host the Birthday Cake Cutting for the Lafayette Society’s annual “Lafayette Birthday Celebration.” Cake and ice cream will be served at 1:00 pm while supplies last. Admission and activities are FREE and food trucks are available on site.

    The Cross Creek Pipes and Drums along with the Highland Dancers will perform at 10:00 am. The puppet show this year is “General Lafayette and the Giant of the Revolution” performed by the living history group Shades of Our Past from Williamsburg, VA at 11:00 and 3:00 pm. Shades of Our Past also offers traditional silhouette drawings for a fee. Crowd favorite April C. Turner of Life as Art Productions will be back again this year doing her program “African Spirituals: Freedom Prayers” at 2:00 pm. Military demonstrations including cannon and musket firings will take place several times during the event. Visitors can also learn about Native American life during the colonial period. Other returning favorites include Camp Flintlock and the NC Highland Regiment.

    Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities. Take a photo in our pillory, a wooden frame with holes for your head and hands that was a popular punishment in colonial days.

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